John R Burr contacted us yesterday. He asked how we were doing and then said, "Wouldn't it be fantastic if we were the first ones to be in the studio since we were the last ones to record before the lockdown?" We think it's a terrific idea!
We've been in lockdown since March 14. The last recording session was with John R Burr and Mads Tolling (yet to be released). It's hard to imagine we haven't recorded anyone in two months. So what are we doing?
When I first saw Billy Childs perform he was playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's group. It was the Keystone Corner where jazz artists come to play Tuesday through Sunday. I was a budding jazz pianist back then and Billy's playing captivated me like few others. He was listening to the others play, reacting to their solos that gave meaning to the song..
Last Sunday, May 17 on Facebook, Jenna and I partied on for 90 minutes live for her video stream while she and I chatted via cell phones and Facetime. She had tequila and I had peach vodka. Need to know more? Read on!
I've been a recording and mixing engineer since 1982. When I started out, there were no schools for audio recording or mixing. I went on instincts from being a musician since I was 4 years old. I find the best recording engineers are musicians.
My friends, for a week I've tried everything to solve the issues of my Zoom meeting cutting out my audio. Now, after speeded up internet, USB mic, upgraded computer and video and an Ethernet cable, I've come to the conclusion that if I talk "lower" (like a man) there's no problem... except I sound very strange. :)
After a number of really bad zoom meetings where the audio and video stuttered so badly I had to use my iPhone with Zoom... we decided to make upgrades. Well, the ethernet adapter bypassing the wifi didn't work... next....
The $100 video camera for livestreaming will be tested today. On Tuesday we'll get a new router for the wifi and I'm one click away from ordering a new laptop.
Oh no! It's Friday. Patrick doesn't come in today. The local Starbucks is closed for the pandemic. The Half Moon Bay coffeeshop is a 20 minute drive that I would normally take, but the police are issuing fines for people driving to the ocean. Hmmmmm.
Most of us are locked up inside our homes. Many of us trying to work from home creating a whole new wave of online classes, webinars, zoom/skype or whatever meetings. Were you caught off guard as I was?
The pandemic has its drawbacks but one of the positive things it brings is better air, dolphins returning to the Venice canals and birds singing gleefully around the world. It's brought me a new sense of sound in the outdoors. How about you?
The pandemic has change how we live life. Not for just a few but for the entire world. It's hard to imagine how the world can come to a stop. Work stops, meeting friends doesn't exist, your favorite restaurant isn't open to sit for a meal, we're scrambling for toilet paper and unbleached white flour. How has life changed for you? We'd love to hear from you.
We're stepping it up. What does that mean? It means we're going to be much more proactive during these lockdown times by sending out more newsletters with great information, focused genres, more artist and production information
In order for you to get to know them better, we're going to be asking all our musicians Five Questions over the next few months and post the answers on their artist page. We hope you enjoy the answers as much as we have!
When we sometimes feel most alone, it can be overwhelming to think... everyone in the world is experiencing the same thing. This is a 'hive mind' on a global scale. It's hard to fathom. Billboard has compiled a list of our great musicians who have passed on due to Corona Virus.
04 01 2020 It was announced yesterday that we shall be asked to Shelter in Place for another 30 days -- until May 3, 2020. I live in the Silicon Valley. For the first time in many years, the skies are blue and the birds are singing. In fact, a lot of my friends from all over the country have told me they've notice an increase in birds chirping.
03 30 2020 Today was announced another 30 days of Shelter in Place. Do you use Facebook? I know... it's a pain. But in these days of shelter, I'm trying to be supportive of the musicians doing livestreams to keep in touch with their audiences. Most fun are when the musicians AREN'T giving a performance... like Jenna Mammina.
The world has changed and will never be the same. With the Corona Virus affecting every person on the planet, our health and way of life, I decided it might be interesting to start a journal of this journey and invite all my friends to come along.
How about this idea... Let's get to know each other.